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Cal Poly Pomona names new AVP for Student Affairs Dr. Thomas Cruz-Soto Jr. to begin July 10

K&A is pleased to announce another successful placement at Cal Poly Pomona, Dr. Thomas Cruz-Soto Jr., associate dean of student life at Colgate University, will make the cross-country move to begin in California on July 10th.

From the announcement; “Through effective student-engagement practices, Dr. Cruz-Soto has a demonstrated history of creating and leading initiatives that enhance the educational experiences of students,” said Lea Jarnagin, vice president of the Division of Student Affairs. “He brings a distinguished record of commitment to the core values of access, diversity, equity and inclusion as key principles in achieving institutional objectives. In addition, he has served as an integral leader in the development of major campus events, faculty and staff engagement, and fundraising to support student life.”

A link to the full announcement can be found here.

Dr. Paine contributes to Institutional Research Publication

Dr. Gage Paine, Senior Consultant at Keeling & Associates, was recently published in New Directions for Institutional Research. The title of her monograph is “Legal Considerations for Assessment and Insitutional Research Leaders” and can be found here.


She writes; “Education and law are quite distinct practices and have very different purposes. As the chapters in this monograph point out, for university administrators to do their jobs effectively, it is important to have a clear understanding of the ways education and law differ, the appropriate use of legal advice in educational decision making, and the most effective methods for achieving our educational goals without running afoul of the law. “Let’s call the lawyers!” Is rarely an educator’s enthusiastic response when faced with a potential roadblock caused by institutional policies or legal questions.”


To read more on this topic, follow the link above to purchase access to this chapter. 

University of Redlands appoints Dean of Student Affairs Dr. Donna M. Eddleman is announced for position

“Following a national search, the University of Redlands has announced the appointment of Dr. Donna M. Eddleman as University dean of student affairs, effective August 7.  

“Donna joins us as the first new dean to lead student affairs in 36 years, and thus, her appointment is historic in the life of the University,” said Ralph Kuncl, president of the U of R. “In Donna I foresee a dean, student advocate, and senior leader who will both look back at where we have come from, and forge forward with vision, strategy, and integrity to be a transformative leader in this new era for our students and for student affairs staff.” 


Read the full article here.

NDIR Article on Enhancing Decision Support for Military-Connected Students Dr. Andrew Morse

Dr. Morse of Keeling & Associates, and Dani Molina, Director of the Student Veteran Success Center at CSU – Los Angeles co-authored a chapter in NDIR. This chapter discusses how understanding differences between National Guard members, reservists, active duty personnel, and veterans in higher education can better inform institutional evidence-based decision making to support military connected individuals’ college access and success.


View article here (subscription may be required)

University of Alabama Search Complete! Dr. Toti Perez accepts offer for AVP - Student Health and Wellbeing

From the Office of the Vice President of the University of Alabama;
“Dr. Perez comes to UA from the Georgia Institute of Technology where he has served as director of the Counseling Center since 2005. During his tenure at Georgia Tech, he spearheaded new initiatives for alcohol abuse and recovery, suicide education and prevention, and peer counseling that have made lasting footprints at the institution. Most recently, Dr. Perez and his team have earned recognition for their implementation of Tech Ends Suicide Together, a zero suicide project on their campus. Prior to his time at Georgia Tech, he served as a clinical services director and adjunct professor at both the University of Florida and the University of Georgia.

Dr. Perez earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and theology and a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Boston College. He received a PhD in counseling psychology from the University of Missouri – Columbia. He currently holds licensure as a psychologist and National Register Health Service Provider in Psychology in Florida and Georgia. Throughout his career, Dr. Perez has been a recognized scholar and lecturer in the mental health community and has held a number of high ranking leadership positions in professional health organizations. He was recognized as a Diamond Honoree by the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) in 2013 and as a Fellow by the American Psychological Association (APA) in 2008.

Dr. Perez presents a robust research background in the fields of counseling psychology, management strategies, intervention programming, racial and gender identities, as well as inclusivity in mental health. His student development experience at comparable institutions offers innumerable opportunities for advancing our strategic priorities within the Division of Student Life. I am confident that he possesses the leadership, vision, and energy necessary to bring partners together from inside the Division and across the campus community to realize our vision of positioning UA as a national leader in college behavioral health.”

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K&A is Expecting! Dr. John Stafford to Join K&A in June

We are growing our little family again, with the addition of Dr. John Stafford to the team as Consultant and Project Director. Dr. Stafford will join K&A on June 1, 2017.

Dr. Stafford comes from Immaculata University near Philadelphia, PA, where he has served as Vice President for Student Development and Engagement for the last three years after being Dean of Students for 11. As Immaculata’s senior student affairs officer, his portfolio included athletics, campus safety, residence life and housing, student activities, and student wellness. His leadership and breadth of expertise in a wide variety of areas — including assessment, student affairs, health and counseling, and cultural programs — adds both breadth and depth to the K&A team.

Dr. Stafford earned his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Theatre Arts from Lenior-Rhyne University in North Carolina, a Master of Science in Counseling and Human Development from Radford University, and a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administrative Leadership from Widener University.

We are extremely excited to welcome Dr. Stafford to our team and look forward to his collaboration with clients and colleagues on Change for Learning.

Keeling & Associates is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Glenn Egelman

Keeling & Associates is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Glenn Egelman as Associate Dean for the Colonial Health Center at George Washington University. Read the full announcement of his appointment.

K&A in Organization and Administration in Higher Education Dr. Andrew Morse Publishes Chapter on Title IX

Dr. Andrew Morse, Consultant and Project Director at K&A, and Amelia Parnell, Vice President for Research and Policy at NASPA, co-authored a book chapter recently published in Organization and Administration in Higher Education.

The book chapter offers discussion on current issues in complying with Title IX’s intent to prevent and address discrimination based on sex in educational settings, examines the developing and intersecting role of the states, and offers considerations for leaders to manage their departments and divisions in a constantly changing legal landscape.

The book can be purchased here, and is published by Routledge.


K&A at #NASPA17 March 11-15, 2017 - San Antonio, TX

In just a few short days, ten members of the K&A team will descend on San Antonio to lead 6 educational sessions at the annual conference for Student Affairs Professionals. For a list of where they’ll be, what they’ll talk about, and who else is coming, check out this program we made.

#KAedchat – Supporting Our Nation’s Diverse Military-Connected Students Wednesday, February 15 - 6-7pm ET

Though scholarly inquiry has built a rich understanding of the intersections between lingering demographic and socioeconomic inequities and post secondary access, persistence, and attainment, the conversation has yet to encompass those with current or prior military service.

By examining points of similarity and difference among military-connected students, and drawing upon other facets of their holistic identities, the higher education community will have deeper insight on the challenges and successes of service members and veterans on our campuses.

In this chat, Dr. Morse will share and ask about points of similarity and difference by race/ethnicity and gender on key factors tied to post-secondary access, affordability, and debt, and draw intersections to our nation’s broader struggle to address inequities that linger along demographic lines.

Further, Morse will offer considerations for practice and scholarly inquiry to support access and inclusion for our nation’s  diverse military-connected students.What strategies can practitioners take to support and acknowledge the needs of military connected students? Are there ways we can deliver services differently? Are there things that practitioners need to know/skills they need to have?

Join Andrew Morse and the @KeelingHigherEd team on Wednesday, February 15, from 6:00 to 7:00 pm ET to discuss how to better serve those who have so bravely served us.
Join #KAedchat to follow the live discussion.